Thailand passes the draft decree on crypto regulation

Thai cabinet approves the draft decree with minimal changes from the initial variant proposed by Ministry of Finances, regulating ICOs and crypto taxation
30 March 2018   205

Government regulation has been a hot topic among the crypto community as of late. And Thai officials have been among the first few countries to announce plans to formalize the regulation and taxation on the crypto assets. And now they have passed the draft decree to regulate the cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings.

The Thai cabinet has finally approved the draft of a royal decree to regulate cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Nothing is hugely different from the draft proposed by the Ministry of Finance earlier this month. The sole significant change from the precious version has been in the definition of the digital asset, which now reads “cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, removing other assets such as electronic data, as specified in the previous draft”, according to the Bangkok Post. The only thing left to do is to publish the decree in the Royal Gazette, after which the decree will become law and come into full effect.

Also, taxation rules have been finalized for the crypto assets. According to the Bangkok Post:

"Investors who make digital-asset related trades will be liable for a 7% value-added tax (VAT) payment, on top of the 15% withholding tax on capital gains and returns from such investments, when the new law is enforced…Retail investors will be exempt from paying VAT if they trade digital assets through exchanges."

And the ICOs now have to register in advance with the Thai SEC. All existing companies involved in the crypto market have to get licenses and report information to anti-money laundering office. The current ICOs have 90 days to report to SEC, while all the new offerings have to be registered before the actual start of the offerings.

Nakasendo SDK launched by Nchain for Bitcoin Cash Growth

Blockchain company Nchain has released its 1.0 version of Nakasendo software development kit (SDK) to support BCH
24 April 2018   88

Nchain underlines that the Nakasendo SDK is accessible for software programmers focusing their energy and resources relatively to bitcoin cash application and platform development.

Version 1.0 of the SDK focuses on providing a cryptographic library, to allow for a more flexible method of key generation and sharing. This cryptographic library can be used to improve security for any cryptocurrency exchange, and more broadly for controlling access to any type of digital asset or resource.
 Nchain Group, Blockchain Technologies Research and Development Company

 

Nchain points out that the Nakasendo SDK will assist Nchain port software libraries that will help programmers in designing bitcoin cash apps. The SDK designed by Nchain is to navigate the complexities of blockchain growth, and strengthen work. The London firm declares that the SDK includes two patents from the company’s intellectual property portfolio.

Although the SDK libraries will be useful for developers on any blockchain or digital platform, we want to use key elements of nChain’s patent portfolio to help benefit the Bitcoin Cash ecosystem. That is why we are providing the SDK for free usage only for applications and products that operate on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain. The SDK is one of many tools Nchain will use to ignite the BCH blockchain, and help re-invent the business world.
Jimmy Nguyen, Nchain Group, CEO

Currently, the 1.0 version of Nakasendo is only available to a determinate group of developers and teams that have been appointed in an initial testing pool. Nchain claims that the Nakasendo SDK will be made more accessible at a later date.